Procuring an Agile solution: The commercial realities of an Agile approach


Providing guidance on the governance required when an organisation collaborates on an Agile project.

Finding answers to the following issues:

  • “fail to plan, plan to fail” – how do participants identify, articulate and agree the scope of a project without losing flexibility as the project evolves?
  • “it’s my bat and ball” – what does good collaboration look like and who “owns” the solution if both parties have contributed to its development?
  • “time gentlemen, please” – what happens when needs are met before the solution is complete and who pays for what?
  • “fail fast, fail often” - who bears the commercial risk if the project fails to deliver and who pays the price?


Stewart James

Stewart James from Agillex

Stewart is a commercial lawyer with over 20 years experience of drafting and negotiating technology contracts and is the author of the Agile contract template on behalf of the Agile Business Consortium.

Previously a partner with one of the world’s largest law firms, Stewart established Agillex in 2014 with the aim of providing flexible and collaborative legal services.  The company now provides a range of professional services throughout the commercial life cycle, including support to programmes using Agile methodologies.

Stewart also advises on public procurement, privacy, information assurance and technology issues.